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Friday, May 16, 2014

Women's Self Defense Checklist

Plan ahead and protect yourself again predators. 

SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray

The most popular Sabre style, the 15 gram/0.54-ounce SABRE RED pepper spray offers a quick-release design giving you immediate access to your defense spray when unlocking a door or driving a car. Its powerful ballistic stream has a range of up to 10 feet and reduces wind blowback. As a result, you can reliably protect yourself in unfamiliar or dangerous neighborhoods and situations from a safe distance.

The Cat Personal Safety Keychain -Pink

You will be comfortable carrying "The Cat" Self Defense Key-chain. The Cat Self Defense Key-chain can be attached to keys or easily stowed elsewhere. Made in the USA of polymer plastic that is strong and durable. This keyring will give you the edge you need against unwanted advances. You put your fingers through the eye holes and the tips of the ears can be used to defend your self against an attacker.

Fury Sporting Cutlery - Tactical Kuba-Kickz

Extremely effective regardless of the user's level of self defense training. The only non-lethal self defense tool designed for shoes Fits in the laces of the shoe on top of the tongue Covert and ultra lightweight, yet devastatingly effective One piece construction of tough, high impact plastic.

Pepperblaster 2 Grey, One Size Grey

The Kimber PepperBlaster® II features an ergonomic pistol grip along with front and rear sights to increase the likelihood of hitting an assailant with the exceptionally powerful OC mixture capable of incapacitating the assailant for up to 45 minutes. A second reserve shot is available as needed.

Fight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-defense that Works

Some 'experts' say that you should be submissive when attacked at home or by a stranger. You won't find that advice here, although you might use it as a ruse before you claw your assailant's eyes and annihilate his groin. Your ultimate goal is to get away but you don t achieve that by being meek and docile. You get away by drawing on that hard-wired survival instinct to attack him like an enraged lioness protecting its babies. In Fight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-defense that Works, martial arts experts Loren W. Christensen and Lisa Place teach you to use your hands, forearms, elbows, teeth, knees and feet to survive the type of attack that unsuspecting women become the victims of every day.

Guard Dog iStun Cell Phone Stun Gun

The Guard Dog Security introduces the world’s first and only iStun. The iStun is a cognitive self defense stun gun designed to resemble popular smart phones, yet emits a staggering electric shock capable to incapacitate an assailant. Although the patented iStun will not make calls or browse the web, it delivers the peace of mind of personal security.

Monkey Fist Paracord Keychain Self Defense 1" steel ball

This Monkey Fist Keychain is made with 550 paracord, 1" key ring and contains a heavy 1" steel ball in the inner core. It will definatley slow down an attacker. 550 Paracord is waterproof, will not rot or mildew, and can be used to assist in many emergency situations. Paracord is ideal for camping, boating, hunting, hiking, and much more. The cord can be used for anything requiring great strength & durability.

Emergency Personal Alarm Keychain + LED Light

The PPS22BL is designed to look like a car remote to disguise it from potential attackers. It features a 130 dB alarm, which is the loudest personal alarm sold by Vigilant. Simply pull the pin, and this ear-piercing alarm will activate for up to a half hour of continuous sound. Activating the alarm switches the element of surprise from the attacker to the potential victim.

Pen Design Pepper Spray with UV Dye, Black

Police Magnum OC-17 Pepper Spray offers one of the most powerful concentration of pepper spray allowed by law. This is the same spray used by police officers. The unit allows for one hand operation and can be used to provide multiple blasts. A suspect will be immediately affected with burning skin, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, difficulty breathing but will have no permanent injuries. It is both non-toxic and non-flammable.

Stun Gun Blast Knuckles & Holster Self-Defense For Joggers & Runners

The ZAP Pink Blast Knuckles 950,000 volt pink stun gun is the ideal protection for walkers, joggers and runners. This stun gun taser was designed to be a self-defense weapon for the active person and fits perfect in you hand for a firm grip. Carry it on you by fitting it around your hand and have it handy when you need it.The safety switch is easily turned on with your thumb for fast activation. The unit also comes with a red LED light to notify you when the charge is on and help prevent accidental use.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston #BookTour

"I wish I didn't know. I wish my heart hadn't been seared black in my chest. I wish everything were different." - Surrender the Sky
Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston
SurrendertheskyGabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.


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" I knew the day was not going to end well as soon as I saw the gun. It bulged in the outside pocket of his backpack, hidden unless someone looked for it. Of course, I had to be the one looking for it.
Chad kept his head down in class, his pen scratching dark lines of some doodle across his paper. I couldn’t drag my gaze away from him.
He’d brought a gun. Damn it. He was going to follow through with his plan.
I was focusing so hard on the knot of guilt in my stomach and the tangle of plans to stop Chad that Bea had to kick my chair to alert me class had started. Of course, Bea had to be in this class with the homicidal kid who was my responsibility.
I did a quick head count. It was Friday, half-day schedule, last period, with spring break starting next week. Most everyone had ditched already, and only thirteen people remained, including our teacher.
Unfortunately, just enough of the students on Chad’s list stayed for the last class. "
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About the Author, Meradeth Houston
meradethI've never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:
>I'm a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use "like" a lot.
>I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people's DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.
>I've been writing since I was 11 years old. It's my hobby, my passion, and I'm so happy to get to share my work!
>My other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!
>If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I'm terrified of heights.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Relinquish Cover Reveal #BookTour

  Relinquish   RELINQUISH(1)[2]
Release Date: May 17th 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Book Two in the Lost Souls Series
Regan has a life in Georgia. She is going to school, has managed to make some friends, and has even found a new love interest in Colter. So what happens when she can’t hide what she is anymore? When do all the lies become too much to handle? And how much longer can she hold onto her sanity—while Agro pushes her closer and closer to the edge of no return—her ascension to Elite?

Colter is beautifully oblivious. Wanting so much to believe that Regan is safe, and Agro has been halted, he ignores Finn’s constant skepticism at the risk of their friendship. Overlooking what is so clearly right in front of him, Colter passes off Regan’s outbursts of emotion on her recent trauma. Colter can feel Regan—his one exception to his retribution—slipping out of his arms, but fighting her to stay with him may not be an option.

Colter and Finn are now at odds, and there is a newly formed alliance between Kaiden and Exile Max. Will this group of Collectors be enough to fight off the new enemies and old threats that emerge in the battle for souls when Regan is broken, and their group is on the brink of self-destruction?

The lost will be found, the Collectors will be exiled, and the Elites will reign.


About Book One, Retribution
retributionRegan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia Liberty College, the place where jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting are a way of life. Regan hopes to start a new life for herself and she thinks that Georgia is just the place to do it. That is until she meets an unexpected stranger.

Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors, a group of wrongfully punished lost souls. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council who pass judgment on those souls that are neither tagged for Heaven nor Hell. The Council has charged the Collectors with finding the lost in exchange for a chance at redemption.

When an ex-councilmember known to pass Retribution on lost souls sets his sights on Regan, the Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. The Collectors must fight to save Regan from a fate they know all too well, but can they work to earn back their chance at redemption or are their fates sealed forever?

Who is meant for Heaven?
Who is meant for Hell?
And who is just lost?

About Amy Thompson

amythompson Amy Thompson graduated from college with her B.S. in Biology. She currently works as a high school mentor and has just earned her M.S. in Higher Education. Amy is a self-published author of Retribution, a new adult, paranormal romance novel that is the first in the Lost Souls Trilogy. She lives in Southern Virginia with her family and two lazy cats. Amy Thompson is currently working on the next book in the Lost Souls Trilogy, Relinquish and continues to be an avid reader of all things books.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Iconic Furs in Film Infographic

For a fashion stalking diva such as myself, spotting a fur from a mile away is an easy task. Do you remember these fab film furs below?
Iconic Fur in Film Infographic
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Resources Available for Those Considering Genetic Testing

Concerned you may be predisposed to a certain health condition? Trying to determine a child’s biological parents? Whatever your reason is, genetic testing can provide you a solution. There are a wide variety of tests available, though many people do not fully understand what they are or how they work. More importantly, some people do not realize how powerful these tests can be in making life-changing decisions. Before submitting to a test, an individual may want to do a little research. From talking to your doctor to surfing the web, there are many resources available.

Reasons People Get Tested

To get a better grasp on genetic testing as a whole, it is important to understand why genetic testing occurs. There are many reasons someone may want their DNA to be studied, including – source: http://www.gtldna.com/

·         Paternity testing
·         Searching for a predisposition to a certain illness
·         Determining if you are a carrier of a genetic disease
·         Testing to help figure out what kinds of medications will best treat a genetic disease

Tests look for variations in your genes that can indicate an illness or determine if you are the parent of a child. The results of these tests can be extremely important. Someone who discovers they are at risk of developing an illness may consider preventative treatment. Others who determine they carry a certain genetic disease may change their minds regarding family planning. Once you have figured out why you want to be tested, it is important to do your homework, relying on the following resources for help.

1.       Genetic Testing Registry

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) in order to help health care providers, researchers and the everyday consumer have access to information regarding testing. The registry:

·         Can help you find a local genetic testing company
·         Shares data regarding scientific data surrounding the tests
·         Helps to hold providers accountable through making certain scientific information available

In general, the GTR largely caters to health care providers, and it can help your doctor get the information he or she needs to help recommend a certain test to you as well as interpret the results.

2.       Your Family’s Medical History

If you are considering genetic testing because of a health issue, your family’s medical history will be one of your biggest assets. This can help you determine which diseases you may be predisposed to. To collect information, talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles about any genetic diseases that might run in your family. These would include immune issues like Lupus or Celiac disease; cardiovascular issues such as heart disease; issues associated with aging like Alzheimer’s; or other health issues like diabetes.

3.       Your Physician

Once you think you may want to go ahead with genetic testing, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. He or she can let you know which tests will be most useful to you. Perhaps more importantly, your doctor can help prepare you for what the results may be and what you will do once you get them.

Keep in mind that while genetic testing is a great indicator, in some cases it is not an absolute. In other words, if a test comes back positive, it does not mean you will definitely develop a disease. A positive test does, however, give you options, which is why it is imperative to keep your doctor in the loop. He or she may be able to suggest certain preventative measures you can take.

4.       Your Attorney

Many people choose to do genetic testing to resolve paternity issues. If that is the case, your attorney will be a valuable resource. If you purchase a legally binding test, you can actually use the results in court. This can be extremely helpful if you are disputing things such as custody or child support.

5.       Books

Lastly, there are a number of books that have been published on the topic of genetic testing. You might find it helpful to read books about how to interpret your results or about how personalized medicine has boomed since the advent of genetic testing.

As with any medical procedure, it is important that you do your research so you are fully prepared for your genetic test. Consider all of the resources you have available to help you collect information. If you are getting tested for health reasons, be sure to consult with your physician and put together a comprehensive history of illness in your family. If you are determining paternity, make sure you consult with your attorney so the test may be used in court. So long as you are prepared, you will be able to adequately deal with the outcome of your test.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning for the Nit-Picky Homeowner

The long, cold winter is nearly over. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and life begins anew. Spring brings with it a sense of freshness, and for many homeowners, it means that the time for a deep cleanse of the household is in order. Across the nation people throw open their windows to let in the fresh new air and the dust and dirt that has accumulated throughout the winter is expelled. It is a time when many a home is subjected to the annual deep scrubbing of floorboards and walls. It is a time known by many as spring-cleaning.

To many, it is important to welcome in the fresh new season by making their living space feel equally fresh. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately, there are a few key tricks and tips that will make anyone's spring cleaning process a little easier. In fact, these strategies can help your annual cleanse go more smoothly and be executed with greater efficiency, as well as resulting in a deeper, longer lasting sense of cleanliness throughout your home. The first step is to eliminate odors from your environment. The long months of winter can result in the accumulation of lingering smells. Air fresheners and other masking agents generally will fall short when it comes to strong odors. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider using an ozone machine to eradicate the pervasive smells.

Removing Odors

Smells which originate from certain sources tend to stick around for quite some time, no matter how much you clean and scrub. For example, cigarette smoke is one of the most notorious sources of lingering odors. This is because the smoke from burning tobacco carries with it tar, which clings to the surfaces that the smoke comes into contact withessentially entrapping the smell of cigarettes onto the walls, vents, ceiling, and other surfaces of an environment. An ozone machine works by eradicating these smells at their source, thereby providing a permanent solution to an odor problem. Pet and cooking smells are dealt with in the same way, meaning that no matter what the smell; the power of an ozone generator is up to the challenge.

How it Works

Ozone machines operate by simulating the effects of nature. In the outdoors, odors are being constantly eliminated by exposure to ozone created by both ultra violet light and lightning. In our homes and places of business, we do not have that same, constant exposure to these elements. However, we can simulate their effects by using ozone generators. These machines produce ozone by sending out a unique electrical current that mimics the way lightning creates ozone. This current splits the oxygen molecules in the air and they combine in order to produce ozone. Once the ozone is released into an area, it goes to work―oxidizing odors on the molecular level. The ozone is able to travel into every space and odors are eliminated from every surface, including air ducts and ventilation. Once the process is complete, you will return home to fresh, clean air and a new sense of environmental well being.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Extravagant Engagement Rings Infographic

The engagement ring is a symbol of your coming wedding. Selection should be made with great care as the style should speak to one's personality. Keep in mind that this piece will be one that she wears forevermore.

Extravagant Engagement Rings Infographic From Allurez
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